Kelly Carlin: How Scotch, Weed and 'The Big Electron' Conspired to Make George Carlin My Dad (Huffington Post)
Carlin legend holds that all it took for me to come into the world was a little sperm, a little egg, a little weed, a little scotch, and something called the limbo. "We'd been trying to get pregnant for months, but no luck," explained my mom to me, seven-year-old Kelly, as I sat on the bed watching my dad pack for the road. Just moments earlier he'd said to me, "When I'm down in New Orleans, I'll get a postcard from the hotel you were conceived in and send it to you." [This is an excerpt from her forthcoming book A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George.]
Willa Paskin: The 2015 Emmys Reminded Us That The Emmys Can Be Good TV (Slate)
[The] Emmys, like, all awards shows, dragged dreadfully in places-the second hour of award shows is a real killer-but it did what an awards show needs to do: deliver a handful of memorable moments, from Jimmy Kimmel noshing on an award's envelope, to Regina King's surprise win, to Samberg motorboating a giant Emmy statue's tush. It wasn't perfect, but it was a good show.
David Bruce: Wise Up! Prejudice (Athens News)
Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo once stayed at a hotel in Detroit, but they discovered that no Jews were permitted there. Mr. Rivera shouted, "But Frida and I have Jewish blood! We are going to have to leave!" In fact, they did have Jewish blood. His paternal grandfather had married a Mexican of Portuguese-Jewish descent, and Frida's mother was a Jewish Hungarian immigrant. Because Diego and Frida were international celebrities, the hotel immediately changed its policy.
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22nd, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)
Tolkien Week is the week containing Hobbit Day.
The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, and defines them as this: "Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day", but acknowledges that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation.
Due to the discrepancies between the Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar there is some debate about when to celebrate Hobbit Day, since the actual birthday would be between September 12 and 14 the Gregorian calendar, as explained in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22nd
It hit 107° here yesterday.
The answer is September 22nd.
Dale of Frodo Baggins & the Vegetabowuels, Norcali replied:
Back from a weekend at the Tahoe Hacienda with Lady Anne!
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, born on September 22nd, 2890 and 2968, respectively. Had a friend named Freaky Ralph Eno that was the leader of the band "The Hobbits". He later dropped the "Eno" and became just "Freaky Ralph". He wrote the classic tunes "Hippy Of the School," The Typewriter Song," and "Glue Trip". He later turned into a street performer all over the S.F. and Bezerkeley scene always just popping up and performing! Fuck! I even found a picture of "Dale the Deranged Giant". Ralph was one of the kindest, gentlest souls that I ever was acquainted with. He left this plane via the human self- torching process at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus in the City. Miss him!
Last pungent day of the year for Norcali! 94°F today and fading into falldom.
Hobbit Day is celebrated September 22, during Hobbit Week.
Because I didn't read any books about Hobbits I didn't know such a thing existed. It may have been mentioned in the movie series but I didn't catch it.
We hit 100° up here yesterday, and we'll be darned close again today. Sigh.
DJ Useo answered:
After messing up yesterday's trivia answer, I am confident that the correct answer for today is September 22nd.
I'm an avid reader of Tolkien since I was 13, & I am up on all things Hobbit.
I even have over-sized feet! Lmao.
September 22 the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
Joe S replied:
Wow! September 22nd, Bilbo and Frodo's birthday.. How did I not know that? I've got all the books.
Happy Hobbit Day!
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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with the SEASON PREMIERE'NCIS', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'NCIS: The 3rd One', then the SERIES PREMIERE'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Donald Trump (R-Pendejo), Dr. Ernest Moniz, and Raury.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Emma Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Royal Blood.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Anne Hathaway, Anthony Anderson, and A Great Big World.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Patrick Stewart, Gov. John Kasich, Michael Irvin, George Ezra, and Stephen Perkins.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Scott Cooper, Swingin' Utters, and Seaton Smith.
ABC opens the night with the SERIES PREMIERE'The Muppets', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kerry Washington, Lea Michele, and Travis Scott.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by another RERUN'The Flash'.
Faux fills the night with the SERIES PREMIERE'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TMZ Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today Live'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars: Behind The Locker', and another 'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'Con Air', followed by the movie '300', then the movie 'Terminator Salvation'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 31 - Ferriman-Grobel
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 32 - Ahir
[8:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 5 - The Rebel Flesh
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 6 - The Almost People
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars NEW
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 3 - Congo
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 4 - Cape
[4:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 3 - Ireland
[5:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Alabama
[6:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Arctic Circle
[7:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Vietnam
[8:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Texas
[9:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Alaska
[10:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Pacific Island
[11:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Big Sky Country
[12:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Baja Desert
[1:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Deep South
[2:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Texas
[3:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Alaska
[4:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Pacific Island
[5:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Big Sky Country (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'My Fab 40th', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Doug Benson, Justin Willman, and Ron Funches.
FX has the movie 'Pacific Rim', followed by a FRESH'The Bastard Executioner'.
History has 2½ hours of 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then a FRESH'Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-EVEN AS I.O.U.
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-FUELIN' AROUND
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-FIDDLERS THREE
[7:15AM] HARD RAIN
[9:30AM] ARMY OF DARKNESS
[11:15AM] THE BROKEN
[1:15PM] HARD RAIN
[3:30PM] ARMY OF DARKNESS
[5:15PM] SILENT HILL
[8:00PM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[9:45PM] SILENT HILL
[12:30AM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[2:15AM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[4:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-PILOT
[5:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-RED DRESS
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HOME ALONE 4 (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:15AM] Great Expectations
[3:00PM] The Manchurian Candidate
[6:00PM] Apollo 13
[9:00PM] A Few Good Men
[12:00AM] Apollo 13
[3:00AM] A Few Good Men (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Back To The Future Part III', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', then a FRESH'Bazillion Dollar Club'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Sharon Osbourne, Donald Glover, and Caleb Synan.
Actor Alec Baldwin, left, and his wife Hilaria Baldwin, attend a news conference at United Nations headquarters, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The Baldwins were participating in the announcement of the winners of 2015 Equator Prize, which recognizes local and sustainable development solutions.
Photo by Seth Wenig
Syria's civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of crop seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.
The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers in the Middle East to replace a collection in the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.
The vault, which opened on the Svalbard archipelago in 2008, is designed to protect crop seeds - such as beans, rice and wheat - against the worst cataclysms of nuclear war or disease.
It has more than 860,000 samples, from almost all nations. Even if the power were to fail, the vault would stay frozen and sealed for at least 200 years.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, snaps a cell phone photo with her husband, Broadway actor Matthew Broderick on the field before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
Photo by Kathy Willens
Eight centuries after the ruler of the greatest land empire in history was born, descendants of the mighty Mongol Kublai Khan are a people divided between his homeland and the China he conquered, with both claiming him as their own.
Kublai Khan's birthday was 800 years ago Wednesday, when Mongolia will commemorate the anniversary in Ulan Bator. In China a statue of him has been set up at the site of his summer capital during the Yuan dynasty, founded in 1271.
Under Kublai -- a grandson of Genghis Khan, who first started the Mongols' epic expansions -- the realm reached its greatest extent, stretching from eastern Europe to the Korean peninsula, the largest contiguous land domain ever.
But the Yuan emperors ruled China for less than a century, and after they fell the roles were reversed, with the Chinese later establishing themselves over Mongolia.
Modern Mongolia has a population of only three million, the vast majority ethnic Mongols. But almost twice as many -- nearly six million -- live in the People's Republic of China, where they are one of dozens of minorities.
Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study.
It turns out that on average America tosses five pounds of trash per person per day into its landfills, according to an analysis of figures from the same study, which is based on actual landfill measurements instead of government estimates.
For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency relied on estimates to determine how much trash was being sent to landfills. But in 2010, the agency required most municipal landfills to measure and report how much trash was heading into the dumps, as part of an effort to lower heat-trapping methane emissions. Researchers at Yale University looked at the records for more than 1,200 landfills and calculated amounts, predominantly based on weights.
They figured it was 289 million tons in 2012, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. For the same year, EPA estimated the figure to be 135 million tons.
The Yale team calculated that in 2013, waste sent to landfills rose to 294 million tons. With 316 million people, that comes to 1,871 pounds per person in that year, the last for which there are figures.
Marijuana use continues to become legal in more places, but that doesn't mean the drug's popularity among adolescents is growing, a new study finds.
Although disapproval of marijuana use has decreased dramatically among young adults - suggesting that this age group is viewing the drug less negatively - that's not the case for younger adolescents, according to the study.
The researchers found that disapproval of marijuana use has actually increased among adolescents ages 12 to 14. In 2013, 79 percent of kids in this age group said they strongly disapproved of people using marijuana, up from 74 percent who said the same in 2002.
The finding "was surprising," given the growing legalization of the drug, said Christopher Salas-Wright, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Texas at Austin and the lead researcher on the study, published Sept. 16 in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
In the study, the researchers looked at data collected between 2002 and 2013 in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a yearly survey of about 70,000 randomly selected people ages 12 and older. The researchers looked at three groups of adolescents and young adults: younger adolescents (ages 12 to 14), older adolescents (ages 15 to 17) and young adults (ages 18 to 25).
The vice chairwoman of the Missouri Republican Party has apologized for using a Thomas Hart Benton mural as a writing surface in the state capitol.
Vice Chairwoman Valinda Freed was photographed last week while she and a man were writing on business cards they were holding up against the 1935-commissioned painting titled, "A Social History of the State of Missouri." Freed later issued a statement calling it a "thoughtless act."
The photo was taken Wednesday by Dave Marner, managing editor of The Gasconade County Republican newspaper in Ownesville. Marner said Monday that he captured Freed and an unidentified man using part of the mural in the House Lounge during the General Assembly's one-day veto session.
He said he posted the photo to Facebook a few days later to share it with photographer friends, and the image quickly spread.
"A lot of people in the community were outraged," he said, adding that artists, art teachers and art conservators have been particularly vocal.
A movie theater in Clearwater, Florida - home of the world spiritual headquarters of the Church of Scientology - has dropped plans to play Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief after being pressured by the church, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
However, residents of Clearwater, including former members of the church, still will be able to see Gibney's Scientology movie when HBO Documentary Films re-releases it in theaters. The AMC Woodlands Square 20 in the neighboring town of Olsdmar, some 12 miles from Clearwater, has agreed to pick up the documentary and play it on behalf of HBO Films.
Going Clear was released in only a few theaters on March 13, 2015 before airing on HBO on March 29, scoring the HBO's biggest premiere ever for a documentary. Gibney's film, based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name, offers a damning view of Scientology, including the role such celebrities as Tom Cruise and John Travolta play in furthering the church's efforts. It won three Emmys last Saturday, including outstanding documentary film.
Cobb Countryside 12, which had planned to play the movie, informed HBO Documentary Films in recent days that it wouldn't play Going Clearafter allegedly receiving threats from the church, according to sources. It's unclear what those threats were and to whom they were directed. HBO declined to comment and Cobb could not immediately be reached for comment. A representative of the Church of Scientology did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The oldest signs of heavy metal pollution caused by human activity, dating from the early Stone Age, have been found in caves in Spain and Gibraltar, officials said Monday.
The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, indicate prehistoric humans inhabited caves with high heavy metal levels caused from fires, fumes and ashes which could have played a role in their tolerance of environmental pollution.
The highest levels of heavy metals -- copper, lead, nickel and zinc -- were found in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar, a tiny British territory on Spain's southern tip, where well preserved Neanderthal hearths have been found.
Traces of heavy metal pollution were also found in Vanguard Cave in Gibraltar from fires as well as in El Pirulejo in southern Spain linked to the use of galena, a lead sulphide used as a source of pigment or as raw material to manufacture beads, according to the study.
Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen, the boyish, frequently imperiled cub reporter on the 1950s U.S. television series "Adventures of Superman" who was oblivious to the fact that his co-worker was actually the man of steel, died at the age of 87.
After abandoning acting out of frustration in the early 1960s, Larson went on to be a playwright, lyricist and movie producer. But he made his most lasting impression as television's Jimmy Olsen, the enthusiastic young reporter in the bow tie at the Daily Planet newspaper, where he worked with Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego, and Lois Lane in the fictional city of Metropolis.
Larson appeared in 101 episodes of "Adventures of Superman" during its run from 1952 through 1958. His Jimmy Olsen was eager and full of good intentions and gee-willickers naivete but also a bit of a stumblebum who provided the show's comic relief.
Larson, who was born on Feb. 8, 1928, and grew up in the Los Angeles area, had only a few minor acting credits when he was offered the Jimmy Olsen role. He took it in order to get enough money to move to New York to pursue deeper ambitions - writing plays and acting on Broadway.
Larson thought "Superman" would be short-lived and little noticed. He was stunned to realize it was an instant hit and he was a celebrity - a typecast celebrity. Jimmy Olsen became such a popular figure that his bow tie would one day be part of a Smithsonian display.
"Adventures of Superman" went off the air in 1958 and plans for a new season ended with the 1959 suicide of George Reeves, who played the man of steel. The show has enjoyed a long run in syndication.
Larson had little luck finding anyone who wanted to hire an actor so strongly identified with Jimmy Olsen. At the suggestion of one-time lover Montgomery Clift, he said he gave up acting and concentrated on writing.
His résumé would come to include works much headier than the formulaic "Superman" plots - plays, many of them written in verse, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, a libretto for the Virgil Thomson opera "Lord Byron" and texts for classical music compositions.
A Monarch butterfly lands on a Confetti Lantana plant, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in San Antonio. Monarchs begin passing through Texas in late September in route to their wintering areas in Mexico.
Photo by Eric Gay
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